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  • Tony Blair to earn millions as climate change adviser

    05/26/2010 12:45:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies · 427+ views
    London Evening Standard ^ | May 26, 2010 | Sri Carmichael
    Tony Blair is set to earn millions of pounds advising an American businessman on how to make money from tackling climate change. The former prime minister will be paid at least Ł700,000 a year to act as a “strategic adviser” to Khosla Ventures, a venture capitalist firm founded by Indian billionaire Vinod Khosla. The Californian company bankrolls businesses hoping to profit from technology that helps reduce global warming and carbon emissions. Mr Blair secured the job thanks to his “influence” and high level international contacts, whom he will be expected to lean on to open doors. He has told friends...
  • Fired While On Mission Impossible (Oliver North)

    05/25/2010 12:49:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 942+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2010 | Oliver North
    Dennis Blair is a bright, talented patriot. He will find other work. But Admiral Blair's departure -- fair or not --as director of National Intelligence, isn't going to fix the problem. There is a long tradition in the Navy that when a ship runs aground, the captain of the vessel is relived of command. It doesn't matter if it was someone else's fault, if the ship was driven ashore by foul weather or even if it was because the design was faulty -- the captain is fired. That's what happened to Admiral Dennis Blair, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)...
  • Barack Obama overruled 'no-spying' pact with France

    05/24/2010 1:16:40 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 802+ views
    London Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 24, 2010 | Henry Samuel
    Dennis Blair stepped down as America's director of national intelligence last Thursday after his call for undercover operations to be halted was ignored. The proposed pact was overruled by Mr Obama who had concerns that France could elect a future president who undermined America foreign policy. When Mr Blair resigned last week, his departure was attributed to the failure of the 16 government agencies he ran to prevent the failed Christmas Day terrorist plane bombing in Detroit. A Nigerian man managed to board a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with explosives hidden in his underwear despite warnings that he posed...
  • Dispute Over France a Factor in Intelligence Rift

    05/22/2010 12:46:15 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies · 485+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 21, 2010 | Mark Mazzetti
    WASHINGTON — An already strained relationship between the White House and the departing spymaster Dennis C. Blair erupted earlier this year over Mr. Blair’s efforts to cement close intelligence ties to France and broker a pledge between the nations not to spy on each other, American government officials said Friday. The White House scuttled the plan, officials said, but not before President Nicolas Sarkozy of France had come to believe that a deal was in place. Officials said that Mr. Sarkozy was angered about the miscommunication, and that the episode had hurt ties between the United States and France at...
  • Clapper Wrong Man for Nation's Top Intel Post

    05/22/2010 8:51:05 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 6 replies · 275+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 5-22-10 | Bob McCarty
    Research tells me the nation is not going to be safer with James R. Clapper Jr. as DNI, because his track record is one of a bureaucrat, not a problem solver.
  • Obama Has "More Confidence" in Brennan?

    05/21/2010 9:49:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 548+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 20, 2010 | Michael Anton
    I’ve never been a huge fan of Admiral Dennis Blair as Director of National Intelligence—nor of the institution of DNI, for that matter. A fine naval officer, Blair seemed out of his milieu as DNI, often unaware of basic facts that someone in his position should know. Part the problem is inherent in the DNI concept—the conceit that some all-seeing super-bureaucrat could, simply by virtue of high rank, a big staff and an even bigger budget, fix all the problems with America’s intelligence community. But some of the problems resided with Blair himself. The Obama administration has come to...
  • US spy chief quits after intelligence failures (Intelligence Director-designate Dennis Blair)

    05/21/2010 2:43:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 528+ views
    US spy chief quits after intelligence failuresPosted: 21 May 2010 1657 hrs WASHINGTON: After a string of intelligence failures, US spy czar Dennis Blair announced his resignation, ending a 16-month tenure marred by rumblings of infighting in the US clandestine services. Blair, who announced on Thursday that he was quitting as director of national intelligence, will be the most high-profile figure yet to leave President Barack Obama's national security team. He faced heavy criticism after the attempt by an Al-Qaeda linked group to bring down a US airliner on December 25 and some of the 16 US intelligence agencies he...
  • Hoekstra: Resignation of Director of National Intelligence 'Is The Result of the Obama Adm...

    05/20/2010 6:24:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies · 1,004+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 20, 2010 | Staff
    ( - Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the House intelligence committee, says the resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair “is the result of the Obama administration’s rampant politicization of national security and outright disregard for congressional intelligence oversight.” ABC News reported today that President Barack Obama would be accepting Blair’s resignation tomorrow, and the Associated Press reported that the administration has already interviewed several candidates to replace him. Hoekstra, who formerly served as chairman of the intelligence committee, issued a written statement saying that Blair’s readiness to step down, considering his record of service...
  • Dennis Blair out as Director of National Intelligence

    05/20/2010 3:31:37 PM PDT · by Neoavatara · 81 replies · 2,608+ views
    Politico ^ | May 20, 2010 | Politico
    BREAKING: President Obama will replace his Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, POLITICO has confirmed. "We expect Admiral Blair to offer his resignation tomorrow," an official said. "We have been interviewing several strong candidates to be his replacement. "
  • Exclusive: President Obama To Replace Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair*

    05/20/2010 3:30:44 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies · 1,296+ views
    ABC News ^ | 5-20-10 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News has learned that President Obama will replace the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair (ret.) His resignation will come as soon as tomorrow, sources tell ABC News. For several weeks President Obama has been holding serious conversations about whether to ask Blair to step down and has interviewed candidates to replace him. After a discussion this afternoon between the president and Blair on a secure phone line about the best way forward, Blair offered to resign and the president said he would accept, sources told ABC News. Multiple administration sources tell ABC News that Blair’s tenure internally...

    05/12/2010 2:56:42 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 279+ views
    THE JAWA REPORT - blog ^ | May 12, 2010 11:15 PM | By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D
    SNIPPET: "And thus ends the saga of "Shiekh Umar Rabie, Emir of al Qaeda in the UK". I haven't commented publicly on this for some time because I was involved in the case. I testified at Ishaq Kanmi's terrorism trial last year and was asked not to comment publicly, but now that he's plead guilty that commitment has passed. I don't think I'm giving away too much when I say that long before UK authorities had "The Blackburn Resistance " under surveillance, they were on our radar screens. Why? Because a year before the "Emir of al Qaeda in the...
  • Michael Barone: Obama, Brown, and the ‘Third Way’ - The Left loses its way by abandoning the...

    05/03/2010 10:28:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 736+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | May 3, 2010 12:00 A.M. | Michael Barone
    Obama, Brown, and the ‘Third Way’The Left loses its way by abandoning the “third way.”  Left parties are in trouble in the Anglosphere. Here in America, Democrats are doing worse in the polls today than at any time in the last 50 years. In Britain, the Labour party is on the brink of finishing third, behind both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, in the election next Thursday. All of which raises the question: What happened to the “third way” center-left movement that once seemed to sweep all before it? Only a dozen years ago, in 1998, President Clinton enjoyed...
  • London Papers: Tony Blair has Middle East Financial Interests

    03/19/2010 5:05:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 243+ views
    INN ^ | 3/19/10 | Rachel Sylvetsky
    ( The London Daily Telegraph and the London Daily Mail have published findings on former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Middle East financial interests as disclosed by the official UK government committee which vets former ministers’ business interests. The Daily Mail described Blair as waging an “extraordinary two-year battle to keep secret a lucrative deal with a multinational oil giant which has extensive interests in Iraq”, referring to the just revealed fact that Mr. Blair serves as advisor to a South Korean firm, UI Energy, since August 2008, and has made at least Ł20million since leaving Downing Blair had convinced the...
  • Blair's fight to keep his oil cash secret

    03/19/2010 5:01:48 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 2 replies · 309+ views
    Mail Online ^ | March 19th, 2010
    Blair's fight to keep his oil cash secret: Former PM's deals are revealed as his earnings since 2007 reach Ł20million Tony Blair waged an extraordinary two-year battle to keep secret a lucrative deal with a multinational oil giant which has extensive interests in Iraq. The former Prime Minister tried to keep the public in the dark over his dealings with South Korean oil firm UI Energy Corporation. Mr Blair - who has made at least Ł20million since leaving Downing Street in June 2007 - also went to great efforts to keep hidden a Ł1million deal advising the ruling royal family...
  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...
  • Blair courts controversial US pastor Rick Warren in bid to unite faiths.....

    03/16/2010 5:45:46 PM PDT · by TaraP · 6 replies · 316+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 14th, 2010
    Tony Blair is preparing to launch a "faith offensive" across the United States over the next year, after building up relationships with a network of influential religious leaders and faith organisations. With Afghanistan and Iraq casting a shadow over his popularity at home in Britain, Blair's focus has increasingly shifted across the Atlantic, to where the nexus of faith and power is immutable and he is feted like a rock star. According to the annual accounts of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, a UK-based charity that promotes cohesion between the major faiths, the foundation is to develop a US arm...
  • British PM Brown: Iraq war 'right decision'

    03/05/2010 4:45:15 AM PST · by Clive · 2 replies · 150+ views
    Reuters via National Post ^ | 2010-03-05 | Michael Holden
    LONDON -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told an official inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq on Friday that going to war had been the right decision and that he had provided the necessary funding for military action. Mr. Brown, appearing just weeks before an election to discuss a war that still rankles with many Britons, said Iraq's failure to comply with United Nations resolutions justified war. But he distanced himself from concerns about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. Mr. Brown...
  • The Worst of Intentions

    02/28/2010 7:02:29 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 10 replies · 580+ views
    New English Review ^ | February 28, 2010 A.D. | Christopher S. Carson
    Although it hardly made the American news, the Rt. Hon. Anthony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, was called to the hot seat in London in February, testifying before Britain’s Chilcot “Iraq Inquiry” in what was ubiquitously referred to as his “Day of Judgment.” It seemed the political and media classes in Great Britain expected him to beat his breast in biblical lamentation for his vile sin of deposing Saddam Hussein’s monstrous regime in 2003. Perhaps the media and political classes at least hoped to see him sweat, or even see him beg for forgiveness,...
  • Caption photos from yesterday's Blair Witch Project

    02/26/2010 5:13:12 AM PST · by Dewey Revoltnow · 26 replies · 1,301+ views
  • No Miranda warnings needed: Sen Risch tutors DNI Blair and FBI Dir Mueller

    02/04/2010 1:06:14 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 19 replies · 761+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica ^ | February 3, 2010 | Sen. Jim Risch
    Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) provided a tutorial on why Miranda warnings did not ever need to be provided to Flight 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab. It took place on February 3, 2010, during testimony by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and FBI Director Robert Mueller before the Senate Intelligence Committee (2 minute 54 second video here.) Attorney General Eric Holder decided on Christmas Day to direct that Abdulmuttalab be read his rights. By doing so, he prevented the immediate gathering of further intelligence because Abdulmuttalab elected to remain silent and speak to a lawyer before answering further. Not reading...